February 13, 2014 at 10:16 pm #15148FoodAddict8Participant
I know that Matt recommends Pizza as a healing food. However, when I check Dominos ingredient list they have soybean oil in the crust and in the sauce. If PUFAs hurt our metabolism, how can pizza help?February 14, 2014 at 1:53 am #15152celticphoenixParticipant
I’ve looked into this quite a bit throughout my own (ongoing) recovery.
Regrettably, I have not found a pizza manufacturer that does not use industrial oils in their products.
There are just a few links to ingredients/nutrition. Papa John’s, for instance, doesn’t even post their exact ingredients. However some lab clearly at some point analyzed a couple pizzas of theirs for nutrition (through nutritiondata.com).
It looks like their may be a couple grams per slice at Papa John’s of vege oils. So, is that enough to warrant avoidance? I think probably not, especially for those in need of calorically dense, relatively well-rounded meals. I think combining home-cooked low PUFA meals (tubers, fruit, ruminant meat, dairy, sugars, coconut) with some better-than-average fast food choices (Papa John’s, chipotle/qdoba, teriyaki, certain candy bars, whatever else) as desired by instinct and taste is probably the way to go.
So, then why even bother with pizza? How can pizza help? It has to do with it being calorically dense (many find calorie density as important if not moreso than total calories), high in many pro-metabolic nutrients (cheese, starch, salt, other ‘tastes’ to stimulate digestion and metabolism), and it being decently well-rounded in nutrients/vitamins/minerals to support the metabolic needs.
I don’t think pizza is uniquely ‘awesome’ in terms of metabolic recovery. But surely pizza, ice cream, and other calorically dense combinations make up a helpful component of a recoveree’s diet.
Those are just my thoughts.February 17, 2014 at 6:48 pm #15218celticphoenixParticipant
Please forgive my idiotic typos in the last post.February 18, 2014 at 12:23 am #15234blurgParticipant
High fat foods are more calorie dense than either high carb or high protein foods. As an aside, homemade pizza dough is typically very low in fat, so it is usually the toppings that add the fat in homemade pizza, which, by the way, I have found is not that hard or time consuming to make. Pizza crust is most often made of refined flour which may be why those doing a 180 on diet may be a fan of recommending pizza. Refined foods are easier to digest and so are more warming…. Also pizza can be very tasty and is often eaten in a social/good time setting – all conducive things to recovery and healing.
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